A second NSA Wales and Borders Early Ram Sale is likely to be held in Worcester to ensure that producers aren’t disadvantaged if Blue Tongue restrictions keep them away from Builth Wells. The organisers have plans in place to hold another August sale at Worcester, as well as at Builth Wells.
The sale committee has drawn up a contingency plan, so that vendors in the Surveillance and Restricted zones aren’t excluded. It would involve holding two sales, one as planned at the Royal Welsh Showground to cater for producers in the Wales clear area, the other would cater for vendors in the Surveillance Zone, unable to bring their sheep into Wales.
Chairman George Hughes said the arrangement was very much a contingency plan and could change at any time. The committee’s main concern is that regular and loyal producers who depend on the early sale are not disadvantaged.
"This would be a one-off and would apply only to the early sale", he added. "We want to cater for those people who, because of the restrictions as they apply at the moment, would not be able to come to the early sale at Builth Wells.
"Hopefully a sale at Worcester would address that problem. The infrastructure is there and is within reach of many of our regular supporters".
Mr Hughes said the situation will be regularly reviewed in case of further developments with the disease and restrictions. The event is sponsored by Symtag, Ketchum, Pfizer, and Farmers Guardian.
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